SimGuruGraham went on The Sims Forums to talk about the upcoming The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff Pack. Not only did he reveal that this pack comes with 3 new objects that come with unique gameplay but he also explained why some objects that we’ve seen in previous Sims games are hard to make. Here’s what he said:
There are three new features included in The Sims 4 Fitness Stuff. Obviously the treadmill rock climbing wall is the star of the pack. In addition, you’ll also get the new earbuds, which let your Sim listen to music anywhere – no matter what they’re doing. Finally, the workout videos let your Sim follow along to exercise routines for power sculpting, or plumboomba dancing.
Question: Does a Sim going back and forth on a swingset really eat up more animation budget than the multiple exaggerated animations of the rock wall?
Yep, it sure does. Same goes for lounge chairs. Same goes for picnic blankets. Those are all objects that would require different Sim “postures” – which are essentially the base pose that we animate Sims from while using an object. These objects are also ones where we’d want Sims to be able to multitask with socialization, and a new posture would require a ton of animation work to support socializing. While supporting multitasking with socializing would be the bulk of the work, there are some other animation issues we’d need to solve for swings specifically that take it out of the realm of things we’d consider in a Stuff Pack.